Following auditions held at The Piano in Christchurch on 17 and 18 November, the Korimako Piano Trio have been selected to take up the Pettman/ROSL Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble in 2018.
All students at the University of Auckland, the trio is made up of Diane Huh violin, Tahee Kim cello and Modi Deng piano. During the weekend 11 different of ensembles from all over New Zealand auditioned for the award over two rounds. All groups received coaching and feedback on their performances from the jury, which consisted of Geoff Parkin, Director of ROSL ARTS; Ferio Saxophone Quartet's Huw Wiggin, Eleanor McMurray, Jose Banuls Marcos, and Shevaughan Beere; Professor Peter Walls ONZM, CEO, Chamber Music New Zealand; pianist Tony Chen Lin; and Serenity Thurlow, Principal Viola Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
The Korimako Trio with members of the jury
The trio are now looking forward to visiting the UK next summer, where they will give several performances, attend concerts including at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall, take lessons and chamber music coachings, attend a UK summer music school, and perform in the ROSL Edinburgh Festival Fringe series.
This is the 12th year of the scholarship being fully funded thanks to the long term generosity of Barrie and Maureen Pettman and we are grateful for this continued support. Read more about the scholarship here.
The trio react to their win